There is a big group of guys out of Sacramento. Look at Snipershide and look for a guy name Vu. I think his the main guy in that area and seems like someone that would help.
To get started this is what I did.
Most tactical matches that I started shooting would not let me shoot anything larger than 30-06 power. Most matches have to shoot from 100 yrd to 1000 and the larger guns are to hard on the steel. (thats what they told me).
I found a good deal on a rem pss in 308. If your shooting the tactical game, this seems the caliber of choice. You can shoot it fast all day, barrel life is good.
Find a load that shoots good. Most matches you are shooting MOA targets. Get a load that shoots .75 and just get a good drop chart. You will be shooting targets at strange distances.
Next do not worry about all the tactical "COOL" stuff. you can be competitive with a .75 moa gun and a good drop chart. The name of the game is first round hits. If you hit all targets on the first round, you will be in the top 50% if not better.
I highly reccomend just showing up and shooting. You will learn a ton very quickly and know what you need to work on for next time.
I was in your spot not to long ago and now they are the most fun I have. It is the closest I can get to simulating hunting.
Hey guy's, new here, I'm looking for long range comps in the east? 600 yards and up, to let you know what I've got going, a Rem. model 7, 300. Rem. short action ultra mag, I'm loading 165's and 180's, getting 3150 fps. and 3200, cheapo bypod, Leopold scope, it's giving me 2" groups at 600 yards